In BBS, we bring together the best of fundamental mechanistic research and translational science focused on curing disease

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The BBS faculty is comprised of scientific leaders from every discipline

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Within BBS, you have the freedom to choose your educational path with supportive communities to help you excel

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Reach your scientific and professional goals in the heart of a vibrant city and world-class research environment

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A Warm Welcome

Come open your mind, roll up your sleeves, and shape the future through scientific discovery...

     -Susan Dymecki
      BBS Program Head
      Professor of Genetics


The Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Program at Harvard offers Ph.D. training in the biosciences, built outward from core training in contemporary genetics, biochemistry, and molecular, cellular, and mechanistic biology. Under the BBS umbrella are nine engaging research communities comprised of basic science departments and interdepartmental programs at Harvard Medical School. We think of these communities as our “neighborhoods within the city”. Each provides a close-knit environment where faculty and trainees with common interests work together to advance research in their field and participate in training activities tailored to the diversity of career trajectories for today’s PhDs. BBS combines the unparalleled choice of research lab, made possible by its unique breadth and depth, with the cohesiveness of shared-interest communities typical of smaller departmental programs. Come join us.


A Living Embodiment of our Community


Harvard Medical School is committed to convening and nurturing a diverse community of individuals dedicated to promoting excellence and leadership in medicine and science through education, research, clinical care and service. Our unique perspectives, talents, experiences and contributions as HMS students, trainees, faculty, staff and administrators are the foundation and drivers of our excellence.


We acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of our history and actively promote social justice, challenge discrimination and address disparities and inequities.


We celebrate the multiple dimensions of diversity that each member of our community offers, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstance, national origin, geographic background, immigration status, ability and disability, physical characteristics, veteran status, political ideology, religious belief and age.


We provide a safe environment where all members of our community can engage in dialogue, question, learn and contribute to their fullest potential.


We respect the dignity of all members of our community and aspire to ensure that all feel valued and supported.


We provide education and training that emphasize respect for differences in culture, language and life experience and that address both health disparities and the role that implicit and explicit bias can play in decision making.


We advance diversity and inclusion in recruitment, admissions, hiring, retention and promotion.


We prioritize diversity and inclusion as we develop HMS policies, practices and procedures.


We support community engagement and partner with our local, national and global communities to advance the diversity pipeline and eliminate health disparities.


We continuously monitor our diversity and inclusion efforts to ensure that the outcomes bring HMS closer to reflecting the diversity found in our patients, community and nation.


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In the Spotlight


Career and Professional Development Navigator

The Career and Professional Development Navigator is a one-stop service center connecting Harvard bioscience master’s, doctoral and professional students with resources, events, news, and providers related to skills and professional development.  

visit site here


New Harvard Medical School Diversity Statement Released

Read the full statement here.

View DMS Diversity website.

Visit Minority Students in Biomedical Science website.



BBS Student Retreat on Cape Cod

Warm up virtually by revisiting photographically the sun, sand, and fun at the Provincetown Inn



Meet the BBS Office

Please stop by Gordon Hall room 005 for advice, merriment, and good conversation.



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